Kassie DePaiva…and the Disappearing Soap Character!

Published February 5, 2016 by biggayhorrorfan

Kassie ExitA ghost is scary. But, a soap opera character disappearing into thin air…now that’s truly terrifying!

Of course, that is exactly what seems to have happened with Days of Our Lives’ Eve Donovan, so passionately portrayed by Evil Dead II’s irreplaceable Kassie DePaiva. The victim of several unfortunate plotlines during her year and a half run, DePaiva’s Eve was written out of the show by the current powers-that-be. But any fans hoping for a wrap-up of her adventures on the character’s final airdate were in for a rude surprise.

In fact, as of this writing, Eve is still actually in the middle of several storylines. As of Tuesday, February 2nd (her last episode), she was dealing with a tentative reconnection with an ex-husband, as well as the complications of being the sometime girlfriend of Days’ powerful district attorney. Most importantly, she is still (supposedly) acting as the singing mentor to one of the show’s teens, Claire, with an audition at Juilliard for the young girl in the offing. Even more strangely, on her final show, Eve had a run-in with Claire’s mother, Belle, a legacy character, setting up what should have been an interesting rivalry. Frankly, it was one of the most confusing (non) exits in soap opera history, and DePaiva, who invested the character with grit and remorse, deserved so much better.

Of course, earning an Emmy pre-nomination for her work (as Eve dealt with the murder of her only child) must surely be some kind of comfort to DePaiva, a distinguished soap opera veteran, and her loyal fans. She will, also, be making a truly fun appearance on the Valentine’s Day episode of Castle, where she will reunite with a bevy of her former One Life to Live co-stars.castle

Still…if Days viewers do happen to catch a stray, toned leg high stepping to a sophisticated beat or a thin, bedazzled arm gesticulating wildly in the background…they should have no fear. It’ll just be poor old Eve trying to fight her way out of sudden invisibility…something that the glorious DePaiva will never have to worry about.

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Music to Make Horror Movies By: Drinkin’stein

Published January 31, 2016 by biggayhorrorfan

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Mary Shelley might be rolling over in her grave…or maybe she’s lifting up her ghostly petticoats and doing a happy little hoedown.

One certainly can’t fault Dolly Parton’s sense of creativity by comparing the effects of drinking to the Frankenstein monster with her song Drinkin’stein. Of course, Sylvester Stallone’s delivery may be another story! As part of the plotline for the movie Rhinestone, in which Dolly’s Jake has made a bet to turn Stallone’s tough cabbie into a country singer, Stallone surely gives the fun tune a whirl…but the results, for some fans, might simply be monstrous!

You can decide here:

Parton, also, performed the song, in its entirety, in 1984, as well:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZGGF_-b9ZW4

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Review: Le Switch

Published January 30, 2016 by biggayhorrorfan

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Smartly acknowledging those members of the queer community who have dubious feelings about marriage equality, playwright Philip Dawkins’ Le Switch is a fun romantic comedy featuring a bevy of fine performances and well thought out characters.

Nothing too unusual happens here – as in other projects of this variety, everything ends up resolved, happily. But Dawkins gives nice investment to the history and fears of commitment shy librarian David (an adorably unfettered Stephen Cone) as he manages a long distance relationship with Benoit, a younger, very quirky Canadian florist (the truly sweet Collin Quinn Rice).

Nicely, Cone and Rice are passionately supported by the equally fine La Shawn Banks, Mitchell J. Fain and Elizabeth Ledo, as David’s family, both real and chosen. They, along with Dawkins’ full bodied approach to his often enjoyable characters and Stephen Brackett’s loving direction, make this theatrical offering a sweetly recommended one.

Le Switch runs through February 21st at Theater Wit, 1229 W. Belmont in Chicago. More information is available at www.aboutfacetheatre.org.

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Review: Spades

Published January 28, 2016 by biggayhorrorfan

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You can’t blame me for wanting to stick to a game of Go Fish after watching writer-director John Wesley Norton’s Spades. It may not be as much of a thrill ride, but it would be decidedly less bloody.

This violent noir-like crime meditation opens with a quartet of tough guys playing the titular card game. Skillfully, Norton eventually reveals that something more sinister is at play here. It turns out these criminals-for-hire have kidnapped a young girl and her friends and are waiting for the right time to take the action into high gear. Back stories are revealed and soon double crosses, murky motivations and sexual violence are placed, firmly, on the menu. As the gang’s intended target finally arrives, lives are lost and the quiet Sims (a truly fine and subtly menacing Thomas A. Jackson) reveals one final, truly brutal plot twist.

Here Norton works especially well with his skilled cast and grooms sophisticated performances out of such veteran television and film performers as Alex Skuby, Xango Henry and Juan Riedinger whom play the three other intruders. Equally fine are indie scream queens Deneen Melody (As Night Falls, III Slices of Life) and Heather Dorff (Hole in the Wall) whom are not only beautiful, but bring as much sensitivity and versatility as possible to their roles of the piece’s primary victims.

Ultimately, working methodically and precisely, Norton creates a truly enjoyable thriller here, belying a small budget with heart and cinematic passion.

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Music to Make Horror Movies By: Don’t Go in the House

Published January 24, 2016 by biggayhorrorfan

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Chick-en on a stick!!! One of the most notorious horror shockers of the 70s, the grim Don’t Go in the House is best remembered for director Joseph Ellison’s execution of the (very real to life) barbequing of one of the disturbed lead’s victims.

Thankfully for viewers, during the thick of the proceedings, Dan Grimaldi’s sensitively portrayed Donny took a break from his fiery missionary work to attend a nightclub. Of course, as the film’s eagle eyed followers ascertained, that visit didn’t turn out so well for yet another female companion…but it did provide some relieved patrons with this delicious slice of disco fever and the movie with its very appropriate, unofficial theme song!

Yes, lovers of terror and hoarders of fright, it’s time to go L’Ectrique and get Struck by Boogie Lightning!

 

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In Remembrance: Dan Haggerty

Published January 21, 2016 by biggayhorrorfan
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Haggerty in Elves

 

Lovers of cheesy 80s and 90s horror suffered a huge blow this past week with the passing of television legend Dan Haggerty. Forever associated with his iconic portrayal of woodsy good guy Grizzly Adams (from the late 70s show of the same name), Haggerty spent the middle part of his career participating in a series of often bizarre terror flicks including Abducted (1986), Terror Night (1987), The Chilling (1989) and Abducted II: The Reunion (1995).

Two of the weirdest (and most enjoyable) of these features have to be Elves (1989) and The Channeler (1990). As department store Santa Mike McGavin in Elves, Haggerty is the reluctant protector of Kirsten (Julie Austin), a young woman whose burgeoning maturity has summoned a crew of Nazi fortified elves to her doorstep. With a mid-film scenario that is reminiscent of Chopping Mall, this bit of oddball scare chow is full of incantations, incest, pet drowning and death by bathtub electrocution. Of course, Haggerty fills the unlikely proceedings here with a bit of disbelieving yet world weary charm.

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Haggerty in The Channeler

 

As mountain man parapsychologist Arnie in The Channeler, Haggerty supplies the same kind ruggedness. Encountering a group of college students on a field trip, Haggerty’s Viet Nam vet tries to assist with a student who has psychically linked himself with a group of bony fingered monsters who need a sacrifice to permanently open their mountainside portal to the world. Bursting with the expected camping tragedies (sprained ankles, wild horses, drunken escapades), ghostly possession, creature attacks, flirty blondes and a musically enhanced Scooby Doo style chase sequence this strange mish-mash is head scratchingly disjointed, but a must see for lovers of totally strange, utterly bad cinema.

These projects, nicely, prove that Haggerty’s appeal transcended the family fare that he is best known for, making his loss all the more poignant. R.I.P., big guy!

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Review: Blood Sombrero

Published January 18, 2016 by biggayhorrorfan

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Throw The Pang Brothers into a bowl with a dash of Quentin Tarantino and pinch of the sexy side of Texas and you’ve got Blood Sombrero, the latest production from writing-directing team Abel Berry and Jennifer Stone. Following the adventures of several misfits and violent ne’er do wells on their search for a mystical box, this wild ride is violent, fast paced and filled with some very hot, physically fit men and women – all in various states of undress.

Narrated by the sardonic Izzy (Stone), a former children’s show host, Blood Sombrero is propelled by the actions of a former rock star turned thief named, appropriately, Thief (Billy Blair). Hired by Lucifer (Nick Gomez), a drug dealing under lord, to find the box, Thief’s path is often interrupted by a couple of cops, who are also on the trail of the box, and a mysterious (and very deadly) ninja named Josephine (Paula Marcenaro Solinger), whom is the box’s protector. The box’s creator, a powerful age-old warlord name Sauro (Berry), also, has a group of martial arts enhanced followers who are determined to stop Josephine while a bounty hunter named Coffin (Tom Proctor) is determined to tangle with her and Thief, as well.

Granted, a somewhat keen attention span is needed here as the action flips backwards and forwards in time, but Berry and Stone have clear control of their material and the amazing volume of fight sequences are handled by Berry and stunt coordinator Jayson Atz with beauty and precision. Acting-wise, nearly all the performers (including the many extras utilized in the scenes at Lucifer’s club) resonate with cocky assurance, but Blair brings a special exotic energy to Thief while Stone nearly steals the show with her subtle asides and bored acquiescence to the increasingly dangerous situations that Izzy finds herself thrown into.

Most importantly, Berry and Stone, whose previous credits include such homegrown genre features as Spoils and Kodie, have grown by leaps and bounds as artists with this project. Their future films are expected to be even more impressive.

Be sure to keep the wire work flowing by following the further adventures of Blood Sombrero at https://www.facebook.com/bloodsombrero.

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